Joy of the Waters, 1920
Bronze, 42 1/4
Signed on the base
Desha, the model for many of the free-spirited figures that Frishmuth is famous for, seems about to soar from her fountain pedestal. The artist often asked Desha to dance while she modeled in order to capture the "lightening movement."
Frishmuth studied with Rodin in France and Gutzon Borglum in New York and won important prizes and commissions. In her native city she joined The Philadelphia Ten, a group of feminist artists who worked and exhibited together. Late in a very long life, Frishmuth settled in Southbury, Connecticut. Her New York studio is now a historic landmark.